Posts: 8550
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:49 pm
Location: East side of San Francisco Bay

GCC: US DOE to award up to $72M to advance high-temperature concentrating solar power systems

Thu May 17, 2018 2:57 pm

. . . The best commercially available technologies can only reach 565 °C. The high-temperature thermal systems targeted by this program seek to achieve at least 700 °C, which would boost the efficiency and lower the cost of the electricity.

If successful, these projects will lower the cost of a CSP system by approximately $0.02 per kilowatt-hour, which is 40% of the way to the office’s 2030 cost goals of $0.05 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for baseload CSP plants.

Through the Generation 3 CSP (Gen3 CSP) program, three teams have been selected to compete to build an integrated system that can efficiently receive solar heat and deliver it to a working fluid at greater than 700 °C temperature, while incorporating thermal energy storage. . . .
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].

The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.

Return to “Solar”